McConnell fires back on job creation and protection efforts in latest TV ad

07/23/2014 09:36 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is highlighting his record on fighting for Kentucky jobs in his latest TV ad — the day after the campaign for Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes started running an ad hitting the senior Senator on comments he made about his role in job creation.

The ad from McConnell’s camp says that McConnell stepped in to save 400 jobs at Louisville’s Cardinal Aluminum after Beijing illegally subsidized aluminum in 2009.

According to a 2010 article posted by the New York Times the Obama administration determined China had subsidized $514 million in aluminum products the year before.

In a press release accompanying the TV ad, Cardinal Aluminum’s CEO Chip Edwards said McConnell engaged in “a clear and decisive process to hold the Chinese companies accountable and to level the playing field for our employees.”

“Without Mitch McConnell, these 400 good manufacturing jobs in Louisville would not have been saved. Mitch never forgets who he’s working for,” Edwards said.

McConnell sponsored a trade bill in 2012, which was signed by President Obama who lauded McConnell’s efforts to stop foreign competitors from selling products at an artificially low price.

Watch the ad which is running on statewide TV here:

In response to the new McConnell ad, the Grimes campaign again said that the senator can not use ads to hide from his record.

“Under McConnell, Kentucky has lost tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs. His Washington record includes supporting tax breaks that encourage companies to ship good Kentucky jobs overseas,” Grimes deputy press secretary Preston Maddock said in a statement. “The editor of a local paper maintains Mitch McConnell does not believe it his job to bring jobs to the Commonwealth. The special interest money that it takes to run this misleading ad won’t get what they paid for because Kentuckians know the truth.”

The Grimes campaign launched an ad on Tuesday hitting McConnell for comments published in the Beattyville Enterprise saying economic development in the state is “not my job.” McConnell’s campaign contends that quote was taken out of context.


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